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REDUCING CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS IN UTAH

Reasons To Reduce A Criminal Conviction

You may want to reduce the class of a criminal conviction for several reasons. These include:

  • Reduction from a felony to a misdemeanor to be eligible for certain jobs
  • Reduction from a misdemeanor to an infraction to be eligible for certain jobs
  • Reduction from a more serious classification to a less serious classification to become eligible for an expungement
  • Reduction from a more serious classification to a less serious classification to reduce the amount of time needed for an expungement
  • Reduction from a felony to a misdemeanor to reinstate hunting/gun rights
  • Other personal and professional reasons

How a Reduction Can Effect an Expungement

Utah expungement law will not allow you to expunge your record if you have too many convictions or if your convictions are too serious. For example, you cannot receive an expungement if you have:

  • Two felony convictions
  • Three total convictions, with at least two of them being Class A misdemeanors or higher
  • Four total convictions, with at least three of them being Class B misdemeanors or higher
  • Five total convictions of any degree

So, for example, if you have two total felony convictions on your record, you cannot receive an expungement unless you are able reduce one of your felonies to a misdemeanor. If you are able to reduce one of your felonies, then you may be eligible for an expungement.

Requirements and Restrictions for Reducing Your Conviction

Utah Code Section 76-3-402(2) allows you to ask the court to reduce the classification of your conviction by one degree if you have successfully completed probation and it is “in the interest of justice.”

In rare circumstances, you may be able to reduce the conviction by two degrees, but you can never reduce a conviction by more than two degrees. Also, you cannot change the name of the conviction and you cannot reduce offenses that require you to register as a sex offender.

Utah Expungement Lawyers and Conviction Reduction Attorneys

An experienced expungement attorney can help you reduce your conviction. As a former prosecutor and court employee, Attorney Steven K. Burton learned the inner workings of the court system. He now helps people who are trying to clear their criminal records so they can move on with their lives.

Utah Criminal Defense Attorney Contact

If you are trying to get an expungement and clear your record, call Intermountain Legal at 801-970-2800 or fill out our quick attorney contact form.

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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Marks's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.